Meet the Leadership Team

All members of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter, with the exception of one, are volunteers who spend countless hours every month ensuring members receive the greatest value, inventive marketing strategy techniques, and social networking opportunities.

Whether we’re developing educational programs, planning and running events, searching for sponsors, helping students, developing communication materials, or rewarding top industry professionals, our organization is dedicated to exceptional service.

We do it for the love of the hospitality business, and our desire to continually improve careers. We aim to expand both professional and personal relationships for all members. Our chapter receives new members each year, and with that growth our leadership team continues to expand and diversify to exceed all of your expectations.


Lori O’Connell

Lori O’Connell


Adisa Feratovic

Adisa Feratovic

VP Marketing

Consuela Hooblal

Consuela Hooblal

Immediate Past President

Chris White

Chris White

VP Professional Development

Kathie Stapleton

Kathie Stapleton

Executive Director

Lucille Yokell

Lucille Yokell

VP Member Experience



Richard Yaeger – Director of Awards & Recognition
Richard Yaeger, The Hotel Source

Christine Chang – Director of Collegiate Relations

Mara Robin – Director of Community Outreach
Chambers Hotel

Tom Travers – Director of Finance
Beacon Hotel

Kelly Otto – Director of Marketing
Caneel Bay Resort, St. John, USVI

Jamieson Asselta – Director of Member Engagement
IDeaS Revenue Solutions

Jane Pearsall – Director of Member Recruitment & Retention
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts

Julian Emanuel – Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships
Super Shuttle

DJ Vallauri – Director of Social Media
Lodging Interactive

Markus Boeker – Director of Program Content

Gladys Mouton DiStefano – Director of Program Venues
At Your Service Party Planning

Julie Houde – Director of Seminars/Workshops
Wyndham Hotels

Roy Madhok, CRME – Director of Revenue Management
Lexington New York City

Frank Dee – Director of Special Events
Mandarin Oriental NY

Robin Flanz – Director-at-Large
Langham Hospitality Group


Andrea LoPiccolo McConnon – Awards & Recognition
Denihan Hospitality Group

Peter McNamee – Awards & Recognition
Doubletree NYC Chelsea

Anne Marie Wilson – Awards & Recognition
Empire Hotel

Louise Zhao, CRME – Collegiate Relations

Christopher White – Community Outreach (Silent Auction)
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

Nastassia Welter – Community Outreach (Monthly Raffles)
Leisure Pass North America LLC

Iva Sobotincic – Marketing – Roomers/Website
Hotel Edison

Felicia Harripersaud – Marketing – Eblasts/Special Event Marketing
New York City College of Technology

Isaac Pacheco – Partnerships & Sponsorships
Hornblower Cruises & Events

Iona Popa-Gaskins – Revenue Management

Rosella Virdo – Social Media
Lodging Interactive

Akshay Ramanathan – Young Hospitality Professionals
Sukoon Travel Group

Iona Popa-Gaskins – Young Hospitality Professionals


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